Fake news 2: Self-regulation of internet monopolists does work

Is there still no remedy against fake science news? In January 2019, YouTube announced efforts »to make conspiracy videos harder to find«, as The New York Times reports. The platform will stop recommending certain videos under certain circumstances, but it will not take them down or hide them in search results.
German science journalist Christoph Drösser, however, seems to be more inclined to prefer external regulation to self-regulation. On March 11 he reports that he had checked the Google search engine against the YouTube search engine, entering some science-related search terms in each. Google delivered reasonable results, while on YouTube he »got caught in a veritable maelstrom of conspiracy theories, esotericism and shallow tips for everyday life«.
Drösser ends his article citing Guillaume Chaslot, a former YouTube software engineer: »… if you pass legislation that says that after recommending something 1,000 times, the platform is liable for this content, I guarantee the problem will be solved very fast.«

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